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This news & events blog highlights recent activities in the DC Bahai community.

Consultation and celebration in honor of Race Unity Day

When:  Sunday June 10th, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where:  DC Bahá’í Center 5713 16th St NW

Race Unity Day: Second Sunday in June

Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, implored people to “Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness.”

To that end, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States inaugurated Race Unity Day in 1957 to promote racial harmony and understanding. Since then, communities throughout the country have held celebrations, open to the public, on the second Sunday in June.

The purpose of Race Unity Day is to focus attention on racial prejudice, which Baha’is believe is the most challenging moral issue facing our nation. Writing in the mid-1800s, Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated unequivocally that humanity is a single race and called on the world to recognize the principle of human oneness in all spheres.

Worldwide, Baha’is have sought to build a model of racial integration by embracing people from all races, backgrounds and classes of society.


This Spring, our Bahá'í community began a tour series visiting local historic religious sites throughout DC.  The goal is to build bridges with our neighboring faith communities and learn more about the places and histories that are important to them.

To participate in an upcoming tour, view the calendar and RSVP here.

Below are reports and pictures from our trips so far.


Resource page for info related to the Centenary Commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Visit to D.C:
‘Abdu’l-Bahá came to Washington, D.C., in 1912 and spoke these words to an interracial group gathered at Howard University on April 23rd of that year:

“I am very happy to see you and thank God that this meeting is composed of people of both races and that both are gathered in perfect love and harmony. I hope this becomes the example of universal harmony and love until no title remains except that of humanity. Such a title demonstrates the perfection of the human world and is the cause of eternal glory and human happiness. I pray that you be with one another in utmost harmony and love and strive to enable each other to live in comfort.”

“Let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Please join us as we celebrate religious unity through prayers, reflection and fellowship in honor of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Bahá’í Faith Washington Center 5713 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20011
Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Gilda Charles,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the Center at (202) 291-5532
Featured Speaker: Tod Ewing has been a trainer and consultant in the field of race relations and diversity for over 25 years and has worked both nationally and internationally.   He holds a master’s degree in Spiritual (Transpersonal) Psychology (M.Div.).   He is the author of a book titled Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men, which chronicles his emotional journey to the conclusion that the solution to racism in America is a spiritual transformation of consciousness.   He is a long time member of the Bahá’í  Faith.
Here is a short interview with Tod from the project Faith in Action DC


Please join the D.C. Baha'i community commemorate the Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha on November 28th at 12:00 am (Sunday Evening/Monday morning).  The commemoration will take place at the D.C. Baha'i Center beginning at 12:00 am and commencing with a reading of the Tablet of Visitation at 1:00 am. You are invited to learn more about the passing of Abdu'l-Baha here.


Please join the D.C. Baha'i community celebrate the Day of the Covenant on November 26th at 2:00 pm.  The celebration will take place at the Georgetown Library Community Room (3260 R St NW).  Please plan to arrive by 2:00 pm as we will begin promptly.  There will be music, prayers, fellowship, and light refreshments will be served.


The Washington Post has published an article in their excellent On Faith section about the upcoming observance of the Birth of Baha'u'llah. It was written by local Washington DC Baha'i Shastri Purushotma. Check it out!



Please join us for our Birth of Baha'u'llah celebration this Saturday November 12th at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.



Please join the DC Baha'i Community Saturday Aug. 6th at 8PM  as we remember this wonderful servant of humanity. For more information please read: Dr. Peter J. Khan: A "remarkable life"

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What is the Bahai Faith?

Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.